X Factor contestant Don Philip was bullied into confessing he was gay then Fox and Simon Cowell edit the confession out
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Producers of Simon Cowell’s U.S. version of The X Factor edited an emotional gay confession from Don Philip, who once duetted with judge Britney Spears, out of the second season premiere on Wednesday night – because they didn’t think it was relevant.
“I’m sorry they didn’t think it was up to the X Factor standard as Britney says,” Don tells RumorFix. “They already outed me to the world.”
Don, who went through a roller coaster of emotions when he came out to Britney, says,
“Is Gay bad for FOX? I didn’t do anything bad. They edited the gay out of me.” Adding:
“I don’t understand it. Aren’t they a reality show? Is it too real?” Don said that Britney didn’t do anything wrong and the omission “is sending the wrong message. It’s like gay is being censored.”
Much has been made of Don Philip’s revelation, which was recorded during the San Francisco, California auditions in June. We told you all about it back then, but executives chose not to feature it when the second season of the show debuted.
Instead, viewers saw Philip breaking down onstage in front of Spears, who recognised him immediately after he confessed the last 10 years – since he worked with the singer – had been difficult.
What fans of the show didn’t see was Philip ‘coming out’ as a gay man to his former duet partner and her fellow judges. Philip says the show cut out 10 minutes of his interview where he admitted he is gay, after bullying from the judges.
“It was kind of a private thing they forced out of me,” Philip says. “I would say bullied out of me.”
Philip told the New York Post that after his audition, which was taped June 16 in San Francisco, he was devastated.
“After that thing, I went home and had thoughts of (suicide). I was so destroyed that they set me up.”
Speaking to Access Hollywood, Philip reveals he told the “X Factor” producers he didn’t want to talk about being gay on the reality program.
“Backstage, I’d talked to the producers about what was my secret was. And I mentioned that my secret was I was gay, but I really didn’t want to talk about it on the show. So, minutes later when I got on stage, L.A. Reid said, ‘What’s the secret? What’s the secret?’ over and over again. And I had to say it,” Philip claimed. “I just felt like they were going to say it so I felt like I needed to say it first. And, I was just so emotionally distraught, I couldn’t pull it together to actually sing.”
A spokesperson for the show says, “The judges and producers felt it wasn’t relevant to this audition that he was gay.”
And in a statement issued to U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, the producers claim they were concerned about Philip’s mental state after he displayed “deep psychotic feelings” after he was rejected from the show by Spears and the judges.
Britney meanwhile claimed not to remember Don. At “The X Factor” premiere party earlier this week.
“Have you run into anyone from your past as a judge like Christina Aguilera did on ‘The Voice’?” an Access Hollywood producer asked Spears. “Um, no, actually,” Spears told Access. “I haven’t. No.”
In the second episode the editors cut the camera just as an openly gay singer’s Japanese boyfriend was going to kiss (or hug) him. To watch Don’s FULL audition go here.